After a hectic four days of March Madness, we collect ourselves. However, today brings the next set of betting odds from sportsbooks and wouldn’t you know it, the numbers are going in different directions. Here are Monday’s lineup of line moves, top trends and free picks to peruse. Like we say every day, understanding line moves can build your bankroll. (444-398 L157D)
NBA – (601) HOUSTON at (602) INDIANA 7:05 ET NBA-TV
The Pacers will look to avoid a fourth straight home defeat for the first time in more than five years Monday night. Indiana is banged up, as George Hill is playing with a sore lower back, Rodney Stuckey is questionable after a strained calf limited him to 13 minutes against Brooklyn and David West played through an illness. The Pacers are 1-5 SU and ATS in last six games and their defense has suffered the most. Conceding almost nine points more a game compared to season average (105.6 vs. 96.8 points a game). With Houston the seven-best scoring team in the league, those placing NBA picks have taken the total from 200 to 202. We could definitely see the number approaching 205 and will agree with the 80 percent who are on the OVER. Doug’s Choice – Play Over
CBB – (603) MEMPHIS at (604) NEW YORK 7:35 ET SPS0, MSG
How about this, didn’t see this coming on, the New York Knicks are a growing underdog versus the NBA odds, go figure. The Knicks are the worst team in the Association, which is no easy accomplishment, given the (non)efforts of Philadelphia and Minnesota. Despite Memphis being 7-12 ATS as road favorite, the Grizzlies have growled their way from -11.5 to -13, with the help of those making sports picks. Though the Knicks are a belly-laughing 5-21 SU as home underdogs, they are 10-16 ATS in this role and with Memphis having Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio in the days ahead, is it safe to assume they will do what it takes to win and conserve energy at the same time? I believe it is! Back the Knickerbockers, but don’t go crazy. Doug’s Choice – Lean New York
CBB – (613) LOUISIANA TECH at (614) TEXAS A&M 7:00 ET ESPN
Texas A&M is more known for defense than offense, which is why seeing the total being lifted from 140 to 142.5 cause the eyebrows to move upward. In trying to comprehend why this would occur, Louisiana Tech does average 72.3 points per game on the road and is 8-4 OVER this season. Plus, the Aggies offense is spryer in College Station at 71.3 PPG, nonetheless, Texas A&M has not had a total this high since their opening game of the season against Northwestern State (151) and we don’t think this matchup will follow the betting patterns. Doug’s Choice – Play Under
NHL – (3) CHICAGO at (4) CAROLINA 7:05 ET CSN-C, FS-SO
With Easter in less than two weeks, NHL hockey handicappers are not going to fret about Chicago laying an egg in Dallas, losing 4-0 on Saturday. Even with the setback, the Blackhawks are 8-2-1 in past 11 and are growing favorites from -155 to -180 on the money line Monday night in Charlotte. Carolina is certainly a contributor at 2-8 this month and the defense and goaltending has been atrocious in surrendering 3.4 goals per contest in this stretch. With the Hurricanes 3-10 on home ice since last season in March, expect the mediocrity to continue. Doug’s Choice – Chicago wins
Vegas Pro Insiders Daily Trends
NBA ATS Trend
Brooklyn is 1-12 ATS after two or more consecutive wins this season.
CBB ATS Trend
Tulsa is 11-0 ATS after three straight games allowing a shooting percentage of 40% or less the last two seasons.
NHL Money Line Trend
San Jose is 8-1 in road games having lost three of their last four games this season.